March 3, 2006
Volume 34
Issue 09
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"It deals with intimacy, which is far more shocking than sex."

-Singer Boy George on Brokeback Mountain to England's Evening Standard, Feb. 20.

"Never before has a Gay-themed film been as written about, reviewed, lauded, awarded, discussed, dissected, parodied, and hyped as Brokeback Mountain, so it's easy to forget amid this din that the film is deeply moving millions nationwide one theater and one screen at a time, communities sitting together in the dark and emotionally connecting with this story."

-Journalist Adam B. Vary writing in The Advocate, Feb. 28.

"If you have a cute young kid that was thinking, 'I wonder if I'm Gay or not' and they see that movie [Brokeback Mountain] and try it: good."

-Filmmaker John Waters to Denver's exp Magazine, Feb. 3.

"When I think about seeing Gay-themed films in public theaters ... I always return to Making Love, one of the first mainstream films to deal with Gay subject matter. It got to Morgantown in 1982, when I was in graduate school at WVU. How delighted my queer friends and I were finally to see Gay life depicted in film. That exuberance was short-lived. When the male leads got intimate, the primarily straight audience exploded with disgust: 'Oh, God! Sick! I'm gonna puke.' ... It was that audience reaction all those years ago that I could not stop thinking about as I waited, with equal measures of enthusiastic anticipation and cold dread, for Brokeback Mountain to get to Southwest Virginia, where I teach, or Charleston, where my partner John lives. And it was my own violent reaction to a jeering audience that I feared the most. [But Jack and Ennis] made love in their high-mountain tent. They kissed violently after four years apart. They sprawled naked in a motel bed, delighting in their reunion. And that Charleston audience was absolutely silent."

-Jeff Mann writing in the Sunday Gazette-Mail in Charleston, W.Va., Feb. 19.

"They really are the ruby slippers of our time. [I'll keep them] as they were, on the hanger, entwined. I would never wear them, put them on, or separate them. ... There is no buyer's remorse. [It's] the most fun thing I ever bought."

-Tom Gregory to the Associated Press Feb. 22 after he paid $101,100.51 on ebay for the shirts worn by Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal in Brokeback Mountain. The film's distributor donated the items to benefit the Southern California children's charity Variety.

"Cowboys Are Frequently, Secretly (Fond of Each Other)"

-A song released by country singer Willie Nelson on Valentine's Day.

"I do think that we as a state ought to honor commitments, and we ought to reflect that in policies that we have. I personally don't think that it is fair ... for Britney Spears, who was married for 51 hours to some guy in Las Vegas, [for] that guy [to have] more rights than someone who's been committed to another person for 25 years."

-Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack expressing his support for the idea of same-sex civil unions, as quoted by the Des Moines Register, Feb. 15.

"In the [American Family Association's] first very extensive e-mail attacking our show [The Book of Daniel], they named me, Jack Kenny, the show's creator, as a 'practicing homosexual.' They played on that fact and the fact that there was a Gay character in the show to say that I had no business writing about Jesus or Christianity. ... Where was my community when I was being Gay-bashed, quite openly in a very public forum? Where were the protests? Where were the articles in the Gay press? ... It's too late for me or The Book of Daniel [but the] next time you hear someone being bashed, don't sit there and take it."

-Jack Kenny, creator of the shortlived TV show The Book of Daniel, writing at, Feb. 14.

"It's such a polarizing issue because it plays on people's most uninformed fears and how it relates to their religious beliefs. I hate to call them brilliant, but [Karl] Rove's strategy or whoever is responsible was incredible. Besides, I don't think President Bush cares two minutes about Gay marriage either way."

-Actress Lily Tomlin to the Dallas Voice, Feb. 10.

"Gay unions, what is that all about? I haven't been invited to any ceremonies and I wouldn't go anyway. The idea that Gay people have to mimic what obviously doesn't work for straight people anymore, I think is a bit tragic."

-Singer Boy George to England's Evening Standard, Feb. 20.

"[A]t around 4pm, we noticed that was being rather slow and we were unable to log into our administration console to add new articles. Ten minutes later, the screens went dead, the site disappeared from the net and my mobile telephone rang. 'You've been drudged!" said the ... voice on the other end of the line." editor Benjamin Cohen Feb. 23 after the popular Web site linked to an article on the Gay site.

"I revealed he was a sociopath first, then I revealed he was Gay. [Andrew Van De Kamp] is perhaps the most empowered Gay teen in the history of television. He's Gay and he doesn't care."

-Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry speaking at a Writers Guild of America panel in Hollywood Feb. 21, as quoted by the Los Angeles Daily News.

"I'm not out, so when they asked me [to be on the panel], my first response was, how did you get my name? My friends said, 'This is the year to be Gay with Brokeback Mountain and all. If you were ever going to do it, now is the time.' The secret is out. If you invite me back next year, I'll be able to tell you if I was discriminated against."

-Battlestar Galactica writer Toni Graphia speaking at a Writers Guild of America panel in Hollywood Feb. 21, as quoted by the Los Angeles Daily News.

"Having so many friends who are Gay and having a big Gay following, I get hate mail and threats. Some people are blind or ignorant, and you can't be that prejudiced and hateful and go through this world and still be happy."

-Singer Dolly Parton to The Tennessean newspaper, Feb. 23.

"I don't feel the need to express my sexual being because it's not part of my sport and it's private. I can sleep with whomever I choose and it doesn't affect what I'm doing on the ice, so speculation is speculation. I like nice things, and beautiful things, so if that is the only way people are determining that I swing one way or the other, then to me, that's sad. You can't judge a book by it's cover, ever. ... I am who I am, and I don't need to justify anything to anyone."

-Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir writing on his Web site, as quoted by the Washington Post, Feb. 17.

"I think [Here! TV] started as a Gay network, and I think that even though I am openly Gay and quite up-front about it, I think they wanted me to bring some straight people to it. So I am counter-programming, and I am for that - I am against separatism. I think it's much more interesting when it's all kinds of people together."

-Filmmaker John Waters to Texas' Shout Magazine, Feb. 2. Waters' new series on the channel is "John Waters Presents Movies That Will Corrupt You."
International News

Hong Kong's British consulate is eager to perform same-sex unions under the United Kingdom's new Civil Partnership Act, The Standard newspaper reported Feb. 15.

But the diplomats are waiting for Hong Kong's government to confirm that it does not object to the ceremonies.

The British law allows embassies and consulates to register same-sex unions of British nationals if the local jurisdiction does not oppose the move. A Hong Kong Home Affairs Bureau spokeswoman told The Standard the government is reviewing the matter.

The newspaper said some 3.5 million Hong Kong citizens hold British National (Overseas) passports - a travel document given to Hong Kongers who chose not to become solely citizens of China. In addition, about 200,000 British citizens live in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.


Human Rights Watch said Feb. 16 that Poland's "official homophobia threatens human rights."

The new government of President Lech Kaczynski "brings to power officials with long records of opposing Gay and Lesbian rights," the group said in a letter to Kaczynski.

"As mayor of Warsaw, President Kaczynski opposed the right of Lesbian and Gay people to basic freedoms and equal respect," said Scott Long, director of the organization's Gay-rights program. "As president, he will determine whether Poland protects rights or chips away at them. Europe is waiting for the answer."

In 2004 and 2005, while mayor of Warsaw, Kaczynski banned Gay-pride parades, accusing them of "propagating Gay orientation." He refused to meet with the organizers, reportedly saying, "I am not willing to meet perverts."

Since Kaczynski was elected president in November 2005, antiGay rhetoric from members of his Law and Justice Party has escalated, HRW charged.

Party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski reportedly complained that Polish "Gay people are allowed to conduct perverse demonstrations in the streets, but it is forbidden to discuss the issue of moral censorship." Prime Minister Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz said that if a homosexual "tries to infect others with their homosexuality, then the state must intervene in this violation of freedom."


Eleven representatives of the predominantly Gay Metropolitan Community Churches, including leader Nancy Wilson, attended the Assembly of the World Council of Churches in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Feb. 14-23.

The delegation advocated for broader inclusion and acceptance of GLBT people by the more than 347 Christian denominations and church groups in attendance. They conducted workshops, hosted religious services, sponsored an exhibition booth and met one-on-one with delegates.

The assembly, which is held every seven or eight years and attracts some 5,000 people, is one of the broadest global gatherings of its kind. Most member churches identify as Protestant or Orthodox.


Police in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, raided three massage parlors suspected of being "Gay haunts" on Feb. 10, the Malay Mail newspaper reported.

They conducted urine testing on 25 men and released them after the tests showed negative for illegal drugs.

The police reported seeing condoms, lube, nudity, and men about to engage in what the Mail called "immoral activities."

Operators of two of the venues were ticketed for operating without a license, the report said.


Portuguese activists handed Parliament a petition urging legalization of same-sex marriage Feb. 16.

It was signed by more than 5,000 people including many public figures and politicians. By law, any such petition with at least 4,000 signatures must be considered for debate.

Two Lesbians were turned away when they tried to get married at Lisbon's public-registry office Feb. 1. They launched a legal case based on the Constitution's prohibition against discrimination based on sexual orientation, which was added in 2004.

Neighboring Spain is one of four nations in the world where same-sex couples have access to regular marriage, along with Belgium, Canada and the Netherlands. A court decision legalizing same-sex marriage in South Africa will take effect Dec. 1 unless Parliament makes the change sooner.


South Korea's army discharged eight people in 2005 after they came out as Gay, the Korea Times reported Feb. 17.

The force bans soldiers with abnormal sexual identities, the newspaper said.

Gay groups recently urged the military to try harder to protect Gay conscripts from antiGay abuse or to offer them an alternative form of military service.


The Gay-themed movie Brokeback Mountain won four BAFTA awards Feb. 18, the British equivalent of an Oscar.

The hit film received honors for best movie, best director (Ang Lee), best supporting actor (Jake Gyllenhaal) and best adapted screenplay.

"It's made a social impression, and that social impression to me is the aftermath of an artistic impression, and so much more important," Gyllenhaal said.

In the U.S., Brokeback Mountain has been nominated for eight Academy Awards. The ceremony takes place March 5.

BAFTA stands for British Academy of Film and Television Arts.


A new Irish Examiner/Red C poll has found that 51 percent of adults support granting legal status to Gay partnerships, and 50 percent support letting Gays adopt children.

But the survey also found that one-third of those questioned would be uncomfortable learning a family member was Gay and one-sixth think homosexuality is wrong. One in seven think a child raised by Gay people is more likely to end up Gay.

Men were twice as likely as women to say homosexuality is wrong, while younger people and people with higher incomes polled more Gay-friendly.

Pollsters questioned 1,000 people nationally, taking care to reflect the demographics of the adult population, the Examiner said. The margin of error was 3 percent.

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